Do you think probation is too lenient for felony offenders? If so, what do we do with them? If not, why?
2. Assume you were a judge, and you must decide which intermediate sanction or combination of sanctions can be imposed for the following case. Jail is not an option, and you must assume that more is needed beyond traditional probation or parole. After you have made your decision, defend your answer.
John is a 29-yar-old man who has been twice convicted of fraud by forging checks. His first conviction resulted in a sentence of five years on probation with an order to make restitution in the amount of $2,720. He made three payments of $230 each before absconding supervision. He turned up again after six months and was reinstated on probation by the court after he promised to faithfully fulfill the terms of his supervision and to complete his restitution obligation. During his supervision release, he was in violation of probation conditions regularly and never completed his restitution payments. The current case involves John passing a forged check at a local grocery store in the amount of $624. Due to his previous failure and non-completion of probation, the court is concerned that he is not capable of following court-ordered probation condition, yet it does not want to commit him to state prison or to a jail term. John has a wife and two small children and is their only source of support. He has a high school diploma, he is not mentally ill or disabled, and he is currently employed as a house painter.
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